SHARON OSBOURNE's Video Leads To Fur-Farm Ban In Croatia

January 13, 2017

In a major win for animals, Croatia's fur-farming ban went into effect on January 1 after a ten-year phase-out period — thanks, in part, to efforts by Ozzy Osbourne's wife and manager Sharon Osbourne.

When chinchilla fur farmers tried to cripple the ban by excluding chinchillas, Sharon — who once wore fur but swore it off and donated her furs to PETA for the homeless after learning about the cruelty involved — stepped in by sharing her People For The Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) video, which shows that chinchillas are electrocuted and that their necks are broken on fur farms, as well as urging the government to protect the fur industry's smallest victims. Now, the government has done just that, and this week, Osbourne sent a letter to the country's prime minister thanking him for upholding the ban.

Croatian member of the European Parliament Davor Škrlec credited Osbourne, Goran Višnjić (who previously starred in a PETA anti-fur ad),and PETA in a statement about Croatia's fur ban.

"If all people really knew how animals were treated and killed, they would surely raise their voices against fur farming even more loudly," Škrlec wrote. "Campaigns in which celebrities like Goran Višnjić and Sharon Osbourne have participated have greatly contributed to raising public awareness and ultimately led to the ban on fur farming in Croatia.

"I am glad that I was able to contribute to reaching that goal, and I congratulate Animal Friends Croatia and the international organization PETA, without whom such a comprehensive and successful initiative would not have been possible."

In her video interview with PETA, Osbourne revealed that watching video exposés like PETA's first inspired her to go fur-free. "I was educating myself through documentaries on what goes into actually making these fur coats and fur scarves that I was wearing, and when I realized how it was done, I was sickened," she said. "I was absolutely sickened by it."

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